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The Elephant Man


Theatre: Booth Theatre
Opening Night: December 07 2014
Final Performance: February 21 2015
James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Catherine Adler, Roger Berlind, Caiola Productions, Patrick Catullo, Roy Furman, Larry Hirschhorn, Jeffrey Finn Productions, Van Kaplan, Edward M. Kaufmann, Hal Luftig, Arielle Tepper Madover, Peter May, Stephanie P. McClelland, The Shubert Organization, Douglas Smith, Jonathan M. Tisch, WLE MSG, LLC., Scott & Brian Zeilinger, Williamstown Theatre Festival
Best Revival of a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play


Bernard Pomerance’s play tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Bradley Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Alessandro Nivola) takes Joseph Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Patricia Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick's condition grows more severe, a "normal" life begins to seem all but impossible.


  • The real-life “Elephant Man,” Joseph Carey Merrick, lived in England from 1862 to 1890.
  • The 1980 David Lynch film The Elephant Man also depicts Merrick, but is not based on Pomerance’s play.


The play was first produced on Broadway in 1979, winning that year’s Tony Award as Best Play. The production was adapted for television broadcast in 1982. A previous Broadway revival was staged in 2002. This production was first produced and presented in July 2012 by the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.


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